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Pack had been teaching Yoga for more than a decade when he noticed he and many of his students were losing hard won gains after returning to their desk jobs between classes. Determined to prevent a family history of debilitating arthritis from robbing him of mobility as well, Pack first moved all his office and musical equipment to the floor to keep stretching all day. Pack's first iteration of what is now the Soul Seat emerged from perching a floor-like platform on an old task chair he found discarded along Broadway Blvd in Columbia. Pack's passion for well designed tools led him through numerous subsequent designs with the help of local talent and early fans.

Forced to Choose Between Weird Sleep Solutions.

iStock 501484306     My lungs felt like they were going to burst as I clawed my way toward the light above. The urge to breath was overwhelming, but until I broke the surface I knew it would be certain death.  Why wasn't the light getting any closer?  Just as I resigned myself to this watery death, mercifully, I woke up. I was gasping and drenched in sweat as I was released from this nightmare for the second time in a month.  Looking around with gratitude at being alive, my wife Rebecca sleeping soundly beside me, I noticed that the clerestory windows above our bed set the depth of my drowning.   I started connecting the dots to my dry throat in the morning, snorking awake in meditation as my soft palate collapsed, the daily grogginess.  I had heard from friends about the solutions they had found, from tape on the nose to dental devices to CPAC machines they lugged on trips to hum beside them on the hotel night stand.  Having thoroughly worked myself into a waking nightmare, I was determined to delay this future, but how?   How can a hard pallete be the answer to a soft one? I remember my first snork, lying in corpse pose at the end of a yoga class years ago.  This was a class I was teaching so I wasn’t even dropping into deep meditation, when suddenly a loud snork  jolted me out of the zone.  It was me.  My soft palate had collapsed, stopping my slow breath.  “Welcome to middle age” I thought.  Around the same time I had noticed I could fully relax while face down on a massage table, no snork.  What if I could train myself to sleep on my stomach?  Babies do it, toddlers do it.     My first few efforts were not successful. I merely started the night’s sleep on my stomach. Thank goodness I was exhausted enough to actually fall asleep before my arms followed suit.  If I wasn’t woken up by numb hands and arms,  I would wake up on my side or back.  My...
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Introducing our new Rep for the New York City area

Introducing our New York City Rep
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History of the Slouch

Chair3 409x1024 Our latest Infographic.  Layout: Sarah Redohl Storylab.com
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Floor Culture and healthy sleeping make a hospital debut.

image5 01 resized 246x300  Floor Culture pioneer,Kyle Salter The first thing you notice about Kyle Salter (after his height) is how impeccably dressed he is, always a suit, tie and tasty kerchief masterly folded into the pocket of his tailored suits.  His easy smile and genuine curiosity completes the picture,  then you notice he's sporting a man-bun.  Kyle is one of those folks whose confidence and poise let him pull off just about anything he chooses.  This came in handy recently when he became one of our latest ambassadors for floor culture at the Santa Monica Hospital. The greatest satisfaction from building and promoting the Soul Seat is seeing the change in people's lives as they incorporate the tools we've developed.  Kyle Salter's recent experience demonstrates that the benefits to be had from the Soul Seat lifestyle can be realized well before ever owning one.  I had the pleasure of meeting Kyle on a recent trip to LA while helping my daughter Zoe get through a tonsillectomy.  He and Zoe began dating earlier this year, and he took time off from work to join me in the surgery's waiting room.   After confirming our mutual Zoe fan club status, we got to talking about my floor sleeping regimen for the past two years. I have a number of tall friends who swear the only way they can get a good night's sleep is to lie on their stomach.  Kyle confirmed that this was true for him as well.  He was intrigued that I've rehabbed my tight psoas muscles by sleeping primarily on the floor.  Later on, I showed him a few of the postures I use, explained how I gradually transitioned to less and less padding as my flexibility and comfort increased. Within a couple of days, Kyle had transferred his sleeping to the floor, sending out photos of his pallet beside his conventional bed.  In fact, so thoroughly had he embraced the benefits of this new approach to sleeping, he wasn't willing to backtrack even for one night in a hospital. During Zoe's second week of recovery she had to spend the night...
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Interview with Tron Jordheim

Tronheadshot Tron Jordheim, author, VP of Marketing for Storage Mart For this interview we visit Tron in his office at Storage Mart where he is settled comfortably on a Soul Seat.  Scattered around the office are a version of a kneeling chair, and a conventional office task chair. Pack Matthews: Hi Tron.  How about we start with a brief description of your current work. Tron Jordheim: I'm the VP of marketing at Storage Mart.  I also run a subsidiary that's a call center, so I spend a lot of time sitting at my desk combing through reports, doing correspondence, things like that, so I spend hours and hours sitting during the day in my office.  So I'm one of the "sitters". P: I see that you've got some wear on your Soul Seat.  How long have you been using it? Are you about ready for a reupholster job? Tron: I don't know, about a year and a half.  I move it up and down a lot.  But I've only got one little nick on it.  And sometimes I sit on it with my shoes on, which probably isn't good and sometimes I'll kick 'em off.  I'll move my perch up and down depending on what I feel like doing. P:  From your own experience, when you first saw the Soul Seat, what made you willing to try it?  You've had prior experience with alternative seating, so to speak.  Right here in your office you've got a kneeling chair, a Soul Seat and a conventional chair. T: We've got a couple of Ball Chairs in the office that I got for people 'cause they're super cheap and people like 'em. P: And you've acknowledged that the Soul Seat is a weird looking chair.  It's kind of odd. T: Right. P: Can you remember what was going through your head?  Because not everyone gets a chance to sit on it.  We don't have store fronts around the country.  How would you describe that first encounter with the Soul Seat? T:  Well, I've been struggling with office chairs for as long as I've been...
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